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Snooth User: MetteinCoMo

Wine from Denmark?

Posted by MetteinCoMo, Jul 11, 2013.

I currently live in the US, however originally from Denmark, I'm interested in the wines from the region. I know that Denmark is definitely not a big wine country and wasn't even approved by the EU to be such until the year 2000. That being said, there are many up and coming growers in Denmark that are working hard to get the region international (and national) recognition and are using many interesting and not so well-known grape varieties (Rondo, Leon Millot, Reberger, Cabernet Cortis, etc.). A couple of years ago, I visited the winery Dyrehoej Vingaard in Denmark. Unfortunately they didn't offer tastings of their red and white table wines, but only of their fortified fruit wines, and at a bottle price of $60, I wasn't willing to purchase without knowing the content, Now I kind of wish that I had...

Has anyone here had any experience (tastings/knowledge etc.) with wines from Denmark?

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Jul 11, 2013.

Not only haven't tried any but haven't heard of Denmark making wine until now. Good to know...hopefully you can get your hands on some.

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Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 11, 2013.

Yes! I'm actually going to Denmark next week, so I'll be looking to try local wines, and hoping it won't hurt my wallet too badly!

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Reply by EMark, Jul 11, 2013.

Thanks for doing the research for us, Mette.  I can't say that I've ever seen a Danish wine on any store shelf.  In all honesty, however, I can't say that I would be tempted to pick one up unless somebody like you could provide some guidance.

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Reply by MetteinCoMo, Jul 11, 2013.

EMARK, that's exactly how I felt! I've had too much bad wine at miscellaneous wineries to spend a lot of money on a bottle of the complete unknown. I wouldn't expect to see any Danish wines on the shelves in the US, but I'll try and look in to it, and I'll definitely get back to you as soon as I get my hands on some!

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Reply by MetteinCoMo, Aug 6, 2013.

So, I'm back after my trip to Denmark (and Italy, but more about that later)! Being on a budget (Danish wines are generally in the $40+ range) and wanting to try Danish wine, I got together with a few people and bought a bottle of Skærsøgaard Gold Top 2008 (a red blend of Rondo, Regent and Leon Millot). Skærsøgaard vineyard was the first authorized commercial vineyard in Denmark (2001), and has won several awards both nationally and internationally. Based on that, I decided it would be a good place to start.

After several warnings from the wine seller about Danish wines in general and that this one in particular was very dry and tannic, I was honestly not expecting much, but determined to get to it! I decanted the wine and, a little anxiously, tasted it after 30 minutes. Expecting it to be almost undrinkable (I've had some REALLY bad experiences with Missouri reds), I was more than pleasantly surprised. However, the wine was very hot on the palate, so we let it breathe for an additional 30 minutes, which really paid off! The wine opened up into a wonderful aromatic and powerful wine with a lot of oak and dry tannins with remarkably better balance.

So what is the conclusion? I definitely was pleasantly surprised by the wine and its complexity, but at the same time it is far from being a value wine. If you are looking to get a lot of value for your $40, I'm sure that your money is better spend somewhere else. However, if you're looking to try something truly different, I would definitely recommend exploring Danish wines, if for nothing else than for the sense of adventure!

Here's the review and the link to Skærsøgaard Gold Top 2008 :

The wine has a dark ruby color with some cloudiness and a very aromatic nose of cassis, black pepper and nutmeg. The palate is dry and the body medium-full with a slight chewy texture. The attack is dominated by both red and black currants followed by a mid-palate of spice (mostly black pepper) and strong oak, which lingers into a medium finish with a hint of pencil shavings. The tannins are strong and dry, but fairly well balanced with a smooth acidity. In short, a flavorful and bold wine with a subtle finish. The price is high for what you get (which is the case for all Danish wine), however I found it well worth it to try something new and different!

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Reply by JonDerry, Aug 6, 2013.

Welcome back, glad you were able to try some wine from your homeland. Sounds like a success...always helpful to manage expectations ; )

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Reply by MetteinCoMo, Aug 6, 2013.

Yes, I think maybe that was the trick to not have too high expectations : )

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Reply by EMark, Aug 6, 2013.

Excellent report, Mette.  Thank you very much.  Obviously, it is highly unlikely that I will stumble onto any Danish wines in the local stores, but if I do, I will pick one up in your honor.


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